The client requested a reproduction of the suit pictured, as worn by Nicole Kidman in the movie "Australia". She wanted it to wear for a music video project "Bringing Glenn Miller's Chattanooga Choo Choo to Life", due to be shot in October 2013. There were some modifications to the design that she requested - the skirt was to be shorter and not so tight around the knees, to allow for dancing. I also added a back slit on the jacket at the client's request. The sketch shows the proposed changes to the jacket and skirt.
I drafted an 8 panel skirt with godets, and drafted the jacket as pictured, adding the back slit. I found an original 1940's jacket patten, which formed the basis of the bodice, and then drafted the collar and sleeves to match the picture.
Both the jacket and skirt are made out of lightweight wool suiting.